January 28, 2010 13:48 ET

IDES Prospector Improved Conditioned & Dry Plastics Datasheets

LARAMIE, WY--(Marketwire - January 28, 2010) - IDES Inc. announced the newest improvement to Prospector, a search engine for plastic material datasheets used by thousands of design and process engineers. Datasheets for more than 1,800 polymers now show conditioned and dry plastics data side-by-side to easily view all data for a material, providing designers all the information they need on one datasheet.

"Dry" refers to data that is obtained from a sample of material with equivalent moisture content as when it was molded (typically < 0.2%), while "Conditioned" refers to data obtained from a sample of material that has absorbed some environmental moisture at 50% relative humidity prior to testing. The vast majority of dry and conditioned data is seen with polyamide (Nylon) materials.

"Dry and Conditioned data for plastic materials listed in Prospector has always been available, though on separate datasheets. Our customers requested to have the data available on the same datasheet; it's been something we've wanted to correct in order to represent the data as accurately as possible. The timing and technology came together and we decided to fix it," said Mike Kmetz, president and founder of IDES.

For more information, visit IDES Prospector.

About IDES Inc.

IDES is a plastic materials information management company. The Plastics Web® from IDES is a website with a vertical search engine connecting tens of thousands of companies around the globe with plastics content and technical datasheets from 700 global resin manufacturers. The company provides custom information management services for nearly all resin distributors and a number of resin manufacturers. IDES is headquartered in Laramie, Wyoming, with offices in Europe.

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Contact Information

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    Nathan Potter
    Marketing Manager
    IDES Inc.
    Phone: 307-742-9227 ext. 246
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